OPG awards Bird Construction contract for new clean energy campus

Artist's rendering of an aerial view of OPG's new headquarters.

OPG announced in 2019 it would consolidate all non-station based staff at one location. This will be a new headquarters campus adjacent to the existing Darlington Energy Complex in Clarington, in Durham Region. OPG hopes it to be ready for occupancy in 2024.

This reduces OPG’s real estate and related costs. Also, it reinforces Durham’s leadership role in driving clean energy innovation as Canada’s clean energy capital.

Also, construction and an increase in employment in Clarington could produce spin-off economic impacts across Durham Region.

“Durham Region is Ontario’s clean energy capital, currently producing about 30 per cent of Ontario’s energy,” said Durham Regional Chairman John Henry. “Durham is already home to an established energy cluster, and we are confident having OPG headquartered in our region will convince even more companies Durham Region is an ideal place to start, relocate, or build a business.”

Additionally, Durham MPP, Lindsey Park, added, “The plan to build a clean energy headquarters in Durham will result in real estate savings for OPG, delivering real value for money…This builds on OPG’s decades of history in the Durham Region, and the new campus supports our local vision of building a clean energy capital in Clarington.”

Also, according to OPG, the new campus will provide more than just a place to work; it will offer a thoughtful environment designed to enhance collaboration, empower innovation and embody OPG’s climate change goals.

Artist's rendering of the inside of new OPG headquarters.

The design for the campus will include Indigenous design aspects, energy conservation and other sustainable building features.

In the coming months, OPG and Bird will develop and refine the architectural design for the new building. As well, they will develop the associated technology and engineering.

“We are very proud to be the key partner on this substantial and important project for Ontario Power Generation,” said Teri McKibbon, President and CEO of Bird. “Bird is looking forward to delivering this project in collaboration with its partners and OPG to successfully meet client goals as well as employ innovative and sustainable project solutions.”

OPG expects ground to be broken in early 2022, with construction of foundations and supporting parking facilities following.

In 2023, construction of the exterior will finish, with the interior construction continuing into 2024. So, expectations are that the building will be ready for occupancy in 2024.